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by Kevin
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
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Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Mark - I agree, it is fascinating to share what we know, and see the stories overlap here and there. I would be happy to send you a copy of my father's war memoirs if you like. I can send as an attachment on an email? Drop me a line and I will send it on reply. I have been reading the book recommend...
by Kevin
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 85623

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Admin: Thanks for the information. Well spotted! I knew my father had written a letter, but it was nice to see it in print - so to speak! I also found the article alongside it interesting. The account (by Adrian Martin?) mentions that he was a CW candidate, as was my father, amazing to think that th...
by Kevin
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 85623

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Stuart: Thanks for the book recommendation. I have a few on order now, looking forward to reading them! I wonder if anyone has done a TV documentary on this subject? I know Jeremy Clarkson has done a few on war topics. Does anyone know of any focusing on the 'small boats'?

Kevin
by Kevin
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 85623

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

To Admin: Thanks for the information. That's great. Also I will gladly email a copy of my father's memoirs to you if you tell me how & where to send. Stuart: I am glad you enjoyed my father's memoirs, he also enjoyed cricket! I still have the shrapnel that fell on the deck of the ML250 on D-Day, tha...
by Kevin
Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 85623

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Hi folks. I previously mentioned that my father had a friend who died on ML916 when it exploded behind the ML250 in the Scheldt, I am just updating the details of the friend who died - the spelling of his name was wrong before, it should read Peter SIDEBOTHAM (not Sidebottom). I was able to get the ...
by Kevin
Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
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Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Hi all. I have sent a copy of my father's war memoirs to Stuart, and I would be glad to send copies to anyone else who is interested. I will certainly send you a copy Stephen. I couldn't see a message in the 'private message' box though. You are welcome to email me if that is easier. My email is kev...
by Kevin
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 85623

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Hi Stuart. Likewise, I am amazed that there are people like yourself with connections to these events. I was asked to do a talk on my father's war experience, and found this website while filling in the blanks with some research. My father died in September 2015 age 91, and had a crystal clear memor...
by Kevin
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 85623

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Thanks. That would be interesting. There is a whole section in his memoir devoted to his experiences in the far east - including the journey from Port Said (where he picked up his HMML) to Trincomalee, and from there to Singapore and then on to the island of Bangka, where he was made interim governo...
by Kevin
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
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Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Hello all. I have read with interest the conversation thread on the minesweeping operation in the Scheldt, etc. My father was on the ML250, and records this detailed account in his memoirs. I think you will find it very interesting, as he records (among other things) the explosion on the boat (unnam...

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